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Romney or Obama
A Walk to Remember:
Election 2012; American Idol on steroids or does participating in this 224 year old tradition remain politically relevant? Does the sacrifice of our founders wane? In our young country, our founders battled the tyrants of Royalty; lost life and limb against brethren of a powerful empire, and fought frontier wars against nomadic tribes with superior fighting skills. Backwoodsmen repelled the French, chased off the Spanish and invaded Mexico. Our families killed one another for moral good, our families died because inequity. The beaches of Normandy accepted our dead on behalf of others. Humid jungles stifled our armies, hid our enemies and spun tales of horror across shinning seas. Let us not forget brave men laid upon torture tables, abused, broken and terrorized for years. The sacrifice is profound.
Our American nation has grown up, yet her bosom hasn’t always welcomed everyone, but, eventually, many have found a home and a dream to pursue. Some say our history is only a violent means to an imperialistic ends. Some say America is no longer worth fighting for, we’ve lost our way. We are a nation of racists, xenophobes, bigoted homophobes and prolific killers of the environment. Certainly if we were truly believed to be all these things, then one would think we wouldn’t need immigration laws, because, after all, who would want to emigrate here? Hyperbole has little place grounded in reality.
The Next Steps:
Americans have much thinking to do in the next few months. Young, old, families and singles need to evaluate their value system, what they want to accomplish with their life and decide which candidate will most likely assist with achieving those means. Some are proclaiming no visible difference between Romney or Obama. Some are even joking Romney should run as Obamas vice presidential candidate. Times like these I wish the stupid were not allowed to vote.
There are legitimate gripes on both sides of the isle; moreover, there are outlandish, idiotic and completely baseless prognostications to boot. A Romney era will not usher in the second coming of Joseph Smith no more than another 4 years of Obama will usher in concentration camps for Christians. What isn’t a joke are our flirtations with collectivist policies and failed European ideologies. Any socialist policy to have existed and practiced is available to study via Cuba, China, Germany, Russia, France, Sweden, Venezuela and dozens of more countries which America has zero business emulating—Period.
Individualism and the right to lawfully practice seeking betterment are not tenets of confining legislation, punitive lifestyle taxes or societal castigation for personal success. American’s are no longer politely hiding their severe discomfort with differing value systems. Progressive terminology is being hijacked to favor rabid ideologues overturning all traditions they hate. The individual is being punished for failing to recognize behaviors counterintuitive to a high functioning society. The individual is losing the war for autonomy, use of creative license and the right to decide what is good for self. People, we haven’t lost—yet.
The Great Conflict:
“Not only do we not possess such an all-inclusive scale of values: it would be impossible for any mind to comprehend the infinite variety of different needs of different people which compete for the available resources and to attach a definite weight to each. For our problem it is of minor importance whether the ends for which any person cares comprehend only his own individual needs, or whether they include the needs of his closer or even those of his more distant fellows—that is, whether he is egoistic or altruistic in the ordinary senses of these words. Whether his interests center round his own physical needs, or whether he takes a warm interest in the welfare of every human being he knows, the ends about which he can be concerned will always be only an infinitesimal fraction of the needs of all men.
This is the fundamental fact on which the whole philosophy of individualism is based. It does not assume, as is often asserted, that man is egoistic or selfish or ought to be. It merely starts from the indisputable fact that the limits of our powers of imagination make it impossible to include in our scale of values more than a sector of the needs of the whole society, and that, since, strictly speaking, scales of value can exist only in individual minds.” F. A. Hayek –The Road to Serfdom
Someone I respect and debate with from an Eastern country said the words of F.A. Hayek were outmoded, designed only based on the parameters for the time they were written; the 1940’s to be exact. A time when Britain was turning from parliamentary democracy to take up centralized planning strategies. A time when America was becoming enamored with socialist policies, tiring of the roller coaster ride of capitalism. In his book the Road to Serfdom, Hayek offers a very sober view from behind rose colored glasses of totalitarian expansion, and how it manifests itself incrementally through the reduction of choices and concentrating power. Furthermore it was stipulated in our conversation how it is possible to tax a country to prosperity. When we gaze upon the embarrassment California has become, and it’s only remedy has been increased taxation, an opposite conclusion is fairly clear.
If we stay the course under Obama, thus rewarding him with another 4 years of pandering, conceding and mocking, we as a nation are sure to become weak. America, we cannot afford to take our eyes off of Russia, Iran, China, Venezuela, North Korea and Israel. We are hurting, we are failing, but we have the technology, we have the ingenuity, the drive, the passion, grace, competitive spirit and a bloody right to fight for continued freedom. Let us remove our liberties from the auction block, take back our national pride and create a renewed path to prosperity that lifts ALL of our citizens up. Let us not accept defeat and manage inevitable decline, NO! How does the number one competitor on the planet turn from success? BOWING TO OTHER NATIONS. America, if you wish to continue the bowing, then you vote for Barak Obama. If you want a turn-around agent, an economic guru and a man who knows how to bring luster back to the rust-belt, then you join me in putting Mitt Romney in the White House.